California’s water system in dire need of more staff & new technology
California's water distribution system is in dire need of more staff and new technology such as smart meters to keep a strict vigil on any misuse of water, as the state is suffering draught for the third year in a row.
The faulty water supply system of the state currently allowing nearly 4,000 households, farms and others to use free water with little oversight; while nearly everyone else have been suffering due to shortage of water supplies.
In some areas of the state, farm owners and others enjoy superior rights to rivers, such as the Feather River. These special rights were awarded to their ancestors as back as late 1800s.
The State Water Resources Control Board's executive director Tom Howard acknowledged that the state should get a better handle on usage of water, but he rejected suggestions that these controversial special rights should be ended.
Speaking on the topic Howard said, "People have made investments based on promises in the existing system. Towns grew up and land was developed based on promises of a secure water supply. Do we strand those investments to start over?"
The state only gathers water use records every three years on a staggered basis, which means its information is always out of date. Moreover, shortage of staff is just aggravating the issue. The water supply department doesn't have enough employees to systematically check mistakes in the records, which forces it to rely on potentially inaccurate data to make decisions on water use and issuance of new water permits.
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